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GC 4460: Evaluation of Detectable Warning Products and Directional Surfaces

Background

On September 15, 1999, California Assembly Bill No. 685 was signed into law and added Section 4460 to the Government Code of California. This law directs the Division of the State Architect (DSA) to create an independent entity evaluation and certification program for detectable warnings and directional surfaces. The program is to ensure that such products conform to the architectural design standards as set forth in the California Building Standards Code and meet durability and degradation criteria yet to be determined.

DSA has established an ad hoc Evaluation of Detectable Warnings Advisory Committee (EDWAC) to propose durability and degradation testing standards. Membership of this committee reflects a varied and diverse group of individuals with an interest in developing standard evaluation criteria; members include product users, persons with disabilities and disability organizations, architects and design professionals, public works departments, code enforcement departments, and other government agencies. The EDWAC members (EDWAC Membership Roster (PDF - 41 KB) | (DOC - 68 KB)) provide individual input and collectively accept and analyze existing research, technical data, and public input to develop the committee's proposed testing standards for product durability, shape, color fastness, confirmation, acoustic quality, resilience, and attachment.

DSA has also contracted with Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) to provide technical expertise and facilitate the efforts of the committee. UL is an independent, not-for-profit organization that has evaluated products, materials, and systems in the interest of public safety for over 100 years. UL has developed more than 800 Standards for Safety, which are essential to promote public safety and confidence.

The committee will issue a final report of recommendations that will be used to develop the Standard Test Method for the Evaluation of Detectable Warning Products and Directional Surfaces.


Meetings

Meeting Seven: February 9-10, 2006

DSA held a two-day public meeting of the Evaluation of Detectable Warnings Advisory Committee (EDWAC) on Thursday, February 9, 2006 and Friday, February 10, 2006. The Thursday meeting was held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor Conference Room B, Sacramento, California 95811.

The morning session of the Friday meeting was held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the California Department of Transportation Lab at 5900 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, California 95819. The afternoon session of the Friday meeting was held from 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the California Community Colleges Building, located at 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor Conference Room B, Sacramento, California 95811. An agenda of the meeting and an exhibit document is available for download.

EDWAC Agenda February 9-10, 2006 (PDF - 34 KB) | (DOC - 128 KB)

Exhibit A: Fourth Draft of the Proposed Standard Test Methods for the
Evaluation of Detectable Warnings and Directional Surfaces (PDF - 194 KB)
 | (DOC - 240 KB)


Meeting Six: December 13, 2005

DSA held a one-day public meeting of the Evaluation of Detectable Warning Advisory Committee (EDWAC) on December 13, 2005, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 1102 Q Street, Fifth Floor Conference Room B. The agenda for the meeting is available for download.

EDWAC Agenda December 13, 2005 (PDF - 34 KB) | (DOC - 122 KB)

Minutes December 13, 2005 (PDF - 64 KB) | (DOC - 95 KB)


Meeting Five: October 11–12, 2005

DSA held a two-day public meeting of the Evaluation of Detectable Warning Advisory Committee (EDWAC) on October 11, 2005, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 1102 Q Street, Third Floor Conference Rooms A & B; and on October 12, 2005, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1102 Q Street, Fifth Floor Conference Room B. The agenda and an exhibit document presented at the meeting are available for download.

EDWAC Agenda October 11-12, 2005 (PDF - 42 KB) | (DOC - 122 KB)

Exhibit A: Third Draft of the Proposed Standard Test Methods for the
Evaluation of Detectable Warnings and Directional Surfaces (PDF - 190 KB)
 | (DOC - 148 KB)

Minutes 10/11/05 (PDF - 83 KB) | (DOC - 119 KB)

Minutes 10/12/05 (PDF - 79 KB)  | (DOC - 116 KB)


Meeting Four: August 17, 2005

DSA, in conjunction with Underwriters Laboratories, held a public meeting of the Evaluation of Detectable Warning Advisory Committee (EDWAC) on August 17, 2005, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1102 Q Street, Fifth Floor, Conference Room B. The agenda and an exhibit document presented at the meeting are available for download.

EDWAC Agenda August 17, 2005 (PDF - 26 KB) | (DOC - 114 KB)

Exhibit A: Second Draft of the Proposed Standard Test Methods for the
Evaluation of Detectable Warnings and Directional Surfaces (PDF - 126 KB)
 | (DOC - 147 KB)

Minutes August 17, 2005 (PDF - 130 KB) | (DOC - 169 KB)


Meeting Three: April 28-29, 2005

The third Evaluation of Detectable Warning Advisory Committee (EDWAC) was held on April 28 and April 29, 2005. An agenda of the meeting is available for download. In addition, exhibit documents are also available for download.

EDWAC Agenda April 28-29, 2005 (PDF - 47 KB) | (DOC - 117 KB)

Exhibit A: Definitions (PDF - 11 KB) | (DOC - 37 KB)

Exhibit B: First Draft of the Proposed Standard Test Methods for the
Evaluation of Detectable Warnings and Directional Surfaces (PDF - 219 KB)
 | (DOC - 159 KB)

Minutes April 28, 2005 (PDF - 167 KB) | (DOC - 190 KB)

Minutes April 29, 2005 (PDF - 96 KB) | (DOC - 119 KB)


Meeting Two: February 17-18, 2005

The second Evaluation of Detectable Warnings Advisory Committee meeting was held on February 17 and 18, 2005. An agenda of the meeting is available for download. In addition, Exhibit documents are also available for download.

EDWAC Agenda February 17-18, 2005 (PDF - 28 KB) | (DOC - 80 KB)

Exhibit A: Definitions (PDF - 16 KB) | (DOC - 43 KB)

Exhibit B: Initial Discussion Draft for the Evaluation of Detectable
Warnings and Directional Surfaces - February 2005 Draft (PDF - 137 KB)
 | (DOC - 242 KB)

Minutes February 18, 2005 (PDF - 151 KB) | (DOC - 140 KB)

Minutes February 17, 2005 (PDF - 222 KB) | (DOC - 211 KB)


Meeting One: November 10, 2004

The first Evaluation of Detectable Warnings Advisory Committee meeting was held on November 10, 2004. An agenda of the meeting is available for download. In addition, Exhibit documents are also available for download.

EDWAC Agenda November 10, 2004 (PDF - 34 KB) | (DOC - 62 KB)

Exhibits Novemeber 10, 2004 (PDF - 85 KB) | (DOC - 91 KB)

Minutes November 10, 2004 (PDF - 71 KB) | (DOC - 128 KB)


Text of Assembly Bill 685 as chaptered: AB 685 (PDF - 7 KB) | AB 685 (HTML - 5 KB)

"A Handy Guide to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act 2004" (PDF - 178 KB) is available for download on the Publications page of the Attorney General of California's web site (http://caag.state.ca.us/).

Questions or comments about implementation of AB685 may be sent by e-mail to Derek M. Shaw at derek.shaw@dgs.ca.gov.